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Basalt High School is hosting its annual Art Show, featuring incredibly creative and innovative student art projects. The students work in paint, pencil, clay, mixed media and much more. This year the artists have created an incredible portfolio of work.The show will be open in the school gym on Wednesday and Thursday, May 6-7, from noon to 8 p.m., and Friday May, 8, from noon to 4 p.m.

The Garfield County Department of Human Services Child Care Program is getting ready for its annual Provider Appreciation Brunch to honor child care providers and preschool teachers in the valley. The brunch will be held from noon to 2 p.m. April 26 at the Hotel Colorado. Providers will be recognized for excellence. The department would appreciate nominations from the community. To receive a nomination form, call Amellia Richardson Dress at 945-9191, ext. 3065.

An important Burning Mountain Festival meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, at New Castle Town Hall. Anyone who is interested in the festival is encouraged to attend.Call Mickey at 984-3530 for more information.

Graduation ceremonies for the Colorado Mountain College Roaring Fork Campus, honoring graduates from the Spring Valley, Glenwood and Lappala centers, is set for 10 a.m. Saturday, May 2, at the student center gymnasium at the colleges Spring Valley site on County Road 114.The public is invited to attend. A total of 89 graduates are earning various associate degrees or occupational certificates. A reception is planned in the cafeteria following the ceremony.Colorado Mountain College President Dr. Stan Jensen will be the commencement speaker.For more information, call CMC Spring Valley at 945-7481.

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Participate in one of the workshops offered by Youthentity, formerly Computers for Kids Foundation, for youth ages 10-18. Workshops in business, money and finance, technology or gaming.For more information, call Morgan at 379-5608.

Cowen Drive between Latigo Loop and Eighth Street in Carbondale will be intermittently closed to through traffic between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. until May 1 for utility work. Cowen Drive will be open to through traffic between 5 p.m. and 8 a.m. each day. Traffic may use Village Road as an alternate route.

Free program, Understanding Memory Loss and Dementia, from noon to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 12, at Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs.This information session is about memory loss, dementia and the 10 warning signs of Alzheimers disease. The program will give a basic overview of the disease and its progression, with time for questions. Participants will also learn about the services of the Alzheimers Association.

Register at (970) 256-1274 or e-mail Springs partners with Webkinz for YouthZoneThe Glenwood Hot Springs Sport Shop has the largest selection of the cuddly Webkinz animals on the Western Slope, and collectors may purchase special editions of Webkinz, with proceeds donated to Glenwood Springs Youth Zone May 1-3 . This special sale is part of the now-annual Webkinz Extravaganza, which celebrates the fourth year of production for Ganzs popular stuffed animal pets. Each animal comes with a unique secret code, which enables owners to enter Webkinz World online to access tips on how to care for their virtual pet, answer trivia questions and play games. The Sport Shop opens at 9 a.m. and closes at 8 p.m., and is located inside the Glenwood Hot Springs Pool lobby.

Local photographer Scott Pope will continue his journey through the wonderful world of digital photography with the new Digital Camera Club. Join the discussions on lighting, focus, color, angles, lenses, software, and all aspects of turning a photo into art. The club will meet at the New Castle Branch Library at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 13. Please remember your camera and recent photos (either printed or stored). For more information, please call 984-2346.

Community volunteers are needed to help with Yampah Mountain High Schools new greenhouse, used to teach students about food and where it comes from, as part of a grant-funded environmental education project.Help will be needed over the next few weeks to build a rock retaining wall, a walkway and prepare the garden beds inside the greenhouse once it is constructed.To volunteer or for more information about the project, contact Susy Ellison at 945-9463, ext. 112.

A special evening story time is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 13, at the Gordon Cooper Branch Library in Carbondale. Wear pajamas and bring a favorite teddy bear for fantastic stories and lemonade. For more information, please call the library at 963-2889.

The annual Mayfaire Celebration will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 2, at the Waldorf School on the Roaring Fork. This family event offers Maypole dancing, crafts, storytelling, a marionette play, flower crowns, pony rides and more. Tickets will be available at the door, and extra parking will be offered at the Aspen Equestrian Center Parking Lot.For more information, call the Waldorf School at 963-1960 or visit

The Glenwood Springs Rotary is seeking host families for Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE). The program involves students age 15-17, for the 2009-10 academic year. Local hosting Rotary clubs provide monthly stipend, school fees, etc., as well as a club member counselor to support host families and student. Students stay just 3-4 months in each host home as a member of the family, sharing cultural and family experiences. Each student attends Glenwood Springs High School full time and participates in school activities as much as possible. All district exchange students meet at least three times per year for mandatory training meetings with District Rotary committee. Consider hosting a student in the RYE program, successful in spreading good will and understanding around the world. For more information, contact Rotarian Trish Kramer at 945-9874.

Play board games and have fun all day Saturdays in May at the Gordon Cooper Branch Library in Carbondale. Different level board games will be set around the library.The Gordon Cooper Branch Library will be canceling the Friday morning Lap Sit Story time May 8 and May 15 to make room for the Friends of the Gordon Cooper Library Spring Book Sale. Lap Sit Story time will resume at 11 a.m. Friday, May 22. If you have any questions, please call 963-2889.The New Castle Branch Library invites all third-, fourth-, and fifth-graders to the Kids Book Club meeting at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 7. Read great books and have fun with friends. Call 984-2346 with questions.

The Friends of the Glenwood Springs Branch Library, 413 Ninth St., will hold its spring Used Book Sale from May 2-9, with the preview for members scheduled for May 1. Volunteers estimate there are well over 15,000 used hardback and paperback books available, including works of fiction and nonfiction, and both adult and childrens books. Books are sorted by category. The sale is held in the basement. Book donations are gratefully accepted year-round, during the librarys regular hours of operation. Call the library at 945-5958 for specific times for the book sale or for more information.

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